“So I’m not ahead of many here on this but I’ll relay what I’m hearing as well.
The B1G is going to move forward and push for a season start in October. I don’t know the date, but it more than likely end up being close enough to get them in the race with the other conferences currently playing.
This is a HUGE problem for the Pac-12 who ultimately doesn’t have a plan in place for this. I’m hearing for the first time in any real manner, the Pac-12 will now look to move up the start of the season to November. Again, no specific date, but I’m going to guess mid-November is a best case scenario.
A look at the timeline. Pac-12 approves a 7 week start date from this week. (Which won’t happen) Players return on Sept. 20, quarantine for a week. Conditioning starts Sept. 27 in a perfect world. You escalate and condition/prep for only 6 weeks, which is wildly aggressive. (Probably not realistic) Throw together a schedule and off you go. You’re talking Nov. 7 as an absolute BEST case scenario.
Even if, EVEN IF you can get that done, you’re 4-6 weeks behind everyone else. You’re not going to make it. You’re left out no matter what at this point. Whether you play in November or January at this point it honestly just doesn’t matter.
And that is a HUGE problem for Oregon, for this conference. For recruiting, for revenues, for national respect.
The Pac-12 took a risk being the first (along with the B1G) to cancel the season. It was a risk the conference couldn’t afford to take. Unless there is an outbreak of Covid-19 in CFB and the season is cancelled, (Which I am not rooting for BTW) it will unfortunately be risk that is going to hurt this conference for years to come.”